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IExplore Curriculum Introduction

Welcome to the Humanities Area of Learning Experience/IExplore curriculum.  This area will inspire learners to grow their knowledge, wisdom and awaken a sense of wonder.  This area of the ICurriculum encourages learners to engage with the most important issues facing humanity, social change, and will help to develop skills to interpret and articulate the past and present. 

The Area encompasses geography; history; religion, values and ethics; business studies and social studies. These disciplines share many common themes, concepts and transferable skills, while having their own discrete body of knowledge and skills.  Together they contribute to realising the four purposes of the curriculum.

Humanities is central to learners becoming ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world. In contemporary and historical contexts, in their own localities and elsewhere in Wales, as well as in the wider world. It can also promote an understanding of how the people of Wales, its communities, history, culture, landscape, resources and industries, interrelate with the rest of the world. Humanities encourages learners to view the world with different lenses, which in turn helps promote an understanding of the ethnic and cultural diversity within Wales.

These experiences, in and outside the classroom, will help them become ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives. It is important that learners have opportunities to discuss and explore their personal perspectives on religious and non-religious worldviews, ethical challenges and social inclusion issues. Likewise, opportunities to explore the natural world, locally, within and beyond Wales, will help foster in them a sense of place and of well-being. These experiences will help develop learners’ resilience, build independence, and increase self-confidence and self-esteem. This will support the development of healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.